Cannes Film Festival Takes on Netflix with New RuleMay 18, 2017
Organisers react after unrest about inclusion of Netflix films The Meyerowitz Stories and Okja in competition this year.
The Cannes film festival has waded into the war between Netflix and the global movie industry by banning films that are not released on the big screen from competing for its most prestigious prize, the Palme d’Or.
The festival, which begins next week, announced that any film that appears in competition at Cannes from next year will have to commit first to being shown in French cinemas.
This year marked the first time that films distributed by the Netflix and Amazon streaming services have appeared in competition at Cannes, a move greeted as by many as a nod to the future of film. Announcing the festival’s lineup last month, its director Thierry Frémaux described it as a “laboratory” of cinema that was open to change.